an easy way to help.

watching the twitter feed on the eve and aftermath of hurricane sandy was heart-wrenching. i could see my east coast friends frightened, anxious and worried about what would be next, and felt helpless to do anything to comfort them from so far away. the damage is extensive and my friends anna and jenna are doing a great job reporting on what you may not see on the news. jenna shared with us a really easy way to help. occupy sandy has set up a simple amazon.com registry — just like any registry there’s an itemized list of things volunteers and residents need to help get back on their feet, like flashlights, diapers, trash bags all just right there for you to add to your shopping cart and send immediately into the hands of those smaller organizations like occupy sandy who are getting the work done to clean up and help those in need. unfortunately The Red Cross doesn’t accept individual donations of household goods — these things, it says, need to be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged, and all that takes up more time than they’re worth. It asks for financial donations only. please consider shopping for occupy sandy. it takes a few minutes and will help get things on the ground to the people who need it now, without all the red tape of donations.

• image via the new yorker.

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9 Responses to “an easy way to help.”
  1. Anna @ D16 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Victoria! x

  2. Thanks so much for sharing. I feel better knowing there is something we can do on the West Coast. ~m

  3. MoBeta says:

    Thanks, made this even easier. Will def. be sharing.
    Simone, Brooklyn

  4. I agree! I’ve been working on volunteer coordination at an Occupy Sandy hub for the last couple days and they know the immediate needs of residents by actually making visits to their homes, and they are in many cases immediately responding to those needs. Way to go, grass roots. So this list is the most up-to-date list, because most locations are overwhelmed with too much clothes and unneeded items!

  5. Alissa says:

    Thank you for posting this. I re-posted to my fb and sent a blanket.

  6. Yes, i’m going to post this on my blog too. What an awesome way to help! Feels so much more personal than giving $$ to the Red Cross

  7. Britt says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve been working with the Occupy crew for the past few days and the work they are doing is amazing. They really have their thumb on the pulse of what is really needed in the hardest hit areas. Thank you for spreading the word!

  8. I get teary eyed every time i see pics of my beloved east coast shore line. thanks for posting a way to help.

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